2018 / Participation in a Democratic Society: Openness and Digital Literacy


2018 / Participation in a Democratic Society: Openness and Digital Literacy

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Modes of participation in society, in its discourses and decision-making processes have changed dramatically over the last years. Data and information are available at hand. The application of data and information in different contexts, knowledge transfer and interaction with others are now digitally enabled. Social networks, messaging, forums, web-pages have become basic and dominant factors of almost everyone’s information environment. While the democratising element of these somewhat participatory technologies have been hailed for quite a while, many educators, librarians and promoters of the web and its affordances now question their initial enthusiasm. The promotion of digital literacies, enabling learners to read and write on the web, to craft their own identities, to maintain and extend their agency in the use of the web, to reflect on their own and others’ practices has become a central focus point for many.

Librarians have always worked on these and related problems. Open collaboration projects like Wikipedia, enable learners to edit the web. Many projects and concepts formed around the open web, learning, teaching and education are enabling learners to participate in societal discourse, to craft their identities on the web. These concepts and projects can provide a significant impact in fostering the development of digital literacies, and hence, participation in a democratic society.

We will start this Interactive Session with a look at some grounding concepts and exemplary projects. Attendees of our session will then be asked to transfer these ideas and concepts to their own work and practice as part of small working groups. The presentation of the working groups’ outcomes will then lead attendees in a join discussion of critical factors in the development of digital literacies.

Necessary materials will be provided under an open license and the workshop organizers aim to document the workshop outcomes openly so that attendees as well as others can draw upon them later on.

Christian Friedrich, Wikimedia Germany

Maria Graf, Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (Central and Regional Library Berlin), Germany

Friday, 14 September, 1:30pm

Campus, Room G


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